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The Play Therapy Spectrum

Play Spectrum

As discussed previously in the post What is Play Therapy?, play therapy theories can be either directive or non-directive in nature. Non-directive play therapy is when the therapist allows the child to lead the session. Directive play therapy is therapy in which the therapist is leading the session and telling the child what to do. The definitions sound really black and white, however, most theories are somewhere on the spectrum between directive and non directive.

In today’s post, I wanted to share an image I created that will hopefully clearly differentiate the play therapy theories that are more non-directive versus directive and everything in between!

Screen Shot 2017-06-30 at 8.36.03 PM

No matter what your theoretical orientation, I hope you keep playing on!



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